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turn our gaze

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  • #3423

    spencel
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    “…we must first turn our gaze in the right direction, and then walk that way. We must form perfect models in thought and look at them continually, or we shall never carve them out in grand and noble lives.”

    When I read this in our lesson I was immediately reminded of our discussion during last Sunday’s Roundtable about the Bible statement from Isaiah 45:22, “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.” and the wonderful story of how this transformed the life of Charles Spurgeon before he became a preacher. The most wonderful part is God wants us to look. He draws us with love.

    The simple thought to look to God is very powerful. I must look where I am going and what I look at is most likely what I am thinking about. It can be hard to take your eyes off something that captivates or captures your attention. So the importance to look to God. The more I look the more natural it will be. The more I look the more I will get to know what I am looking at. I found that looking is active. As we are told here, either you are moving forward or backward, there is not drifting.

    From 1828 Websters Dictionary, LOOK: to watch, to expect, to seek, be directed, to see, to apply understanding,to excite attention

    #3424

    spencel
    Participant

    Excerpt of Charles Spurgeon’s conversion story. (spurgeon.com)
    Spurgeon wandered into a church searching for peace for he felt heavy with guilt and sin. He had a religious background but this day changed his life.
    “The text was,—’LOOK UNTO ME, AND BE YE SAVED, ALL THE ENDS OF THE EARTH.’ The preacher began thus—’My dear friends, this is a very simple text indeed. It says, ‘Look.’ Now lookin’ don’t take a deal of pains. It ain’t liftin’ your foot or your finger; it is just, ‘Look.’ Well, a man needn’t go to College to learn to look. You may be the biggest fool, and yet you can look. A man needn’t be worth a thousand a year to be able to look. Anyone can look; even a child can look. But then the text says, ‘Look unto Me.’Ay!” said he, in broad Essex, “many on ye are lookin’ to yourselves, but it’s no use lookin’ there. You’ll never find any comfort in yourselves. Some on ye say, ‘We must wait for the Spirit’s workin’.’ You have no business with that just now. Look to Christ. The text says, ‘Look unto Me.’
    When he had gone to about that length, and managed to spin out ten minutes or so, he was at the end of his tether. Then he looked at me under the gallery, and I daresay, with so few present, he knew me to be a stranger. Just fixing his eyes on me, as if he knew all my heart, he said, “Young man, you look very miserable.” Well, I did; but I had not been accustomed to have remarks made from the pulpit on my personal appearance before. However, it was a good blow, struck right home. He continued, “and you always will be miserable—miserable in life, and miserable in death,—if you don’t obey my text; but if you obey now, this moment, you will be saved.” Then, lifting up his hands, he shouted, as only a Primitive Methodist could do, “Young man, look to Jesus Christ. Look! Look! Look! You have nothin’ to do but to look and live.” I saw at once the way of salvation. I know not what else he said,—I did not take much notice of it,—I was so possessed with that one thought. Like as when the brazen serpent was lifted up, the people only looked and were healed, so it was with me. I had been waiting to do fifty things, but when I heard that word, “Look!” what a charming word it seemed to me! Oh! I looked until I could almost have looked my eyes away. There and then the cloud was gone, the darkness had rolled away, and that moment I saw the sun; and I could have risen that instant, and sung with the most enthusiastic of them, of the precious blood of Christ, and the simple faith which looks alone to Him. Oh, that somebody had told me this before, “Trust Christ, and you shall be saved.”

    #3425

    Florence
    Participant

    Yes, the simple words that goes to the heart and turn our gaze! Thanks for the post. ( Parts can be used in other periodicals, thanks)

    From this Lesson on Life:

    James 1:25. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

    SH 248 Do you not hear from all mankind of the imperfect model? The world is holding it before your gaze continually. The result is that you are liable to follow those lower patterns, limit your life-work, and adopt into your experience the angular outline and deformity of matter models.

    These citations go with the constant reminders we get here to check where we are looking or ask Consciousness where art thou? A great deal in the world today can turn us looking the wrong way and thinking wrongly. I love as part of daily protection what Bicknell Young writes about day: This is God’s day. The present moment and every moment of this day is one of CONSCIOUS CONTACT with infinite good. 1937 College, p.20 (Emphasis added). We are all benefited if we each stay the course of “looking rightly!”

    #3459

    spencel
    Participant

    Below is an addition to the above story. I was encourage to add this part of the story. This is an excerpt form the same sermon by Spurgeon describing the speaker who impacted his life that day.

    “I sometimes think I might have been in darkness and despair until now had it not been for the goodness of God in sending a snowstorm, one Sunday morning, while I was going to a certain place of worship. When I could go no further, I turned down a side street, and came to a little Primitive Methodist Chapel. In that chapel there may have been a dozen or fifteen people. I had heard of the Primitive Methodists, how they sang so loudly that they made people’s heads ache; but that did not matter to me. I wanted to know how I might be saved, and if they could tell me that, I did not care how much they made my head ache. The minister did not come that morning; he was snowed up, I suppose. At last, a very thin-looking man, a shoemaker, or tailor, or something of that sort, went up into the pulpit to preach. Now, it is well that preachers should be instructed; but this man was really stupid. He was obliged to stick to his text, for the simple reason that he had little else to say. The text was,—”LOOK UNTO ME, AND BE YE SAVED, ALL THE ENDS OF THE EARTH.”
    He did not even pronounce the words rightly, but that did not matter. There was, I thought, a glimpse of hope for me in that text.”

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